Designing Architectural Wall Panels as Rainscreens That Better Account for Wind (Print Course)

Moisture intrusion in a wall system can cause building defects, as well as health ailments for building occupants, making rainscreens a very important tool in water mitigation.

This course will review causes of moisture intrusion, specifically forces that drive rainwater into a building. We will identify rainscreen technologies, testing standards for rainscreens, the importance of considering wind loads and how commercial architectural wall panels can be used as a rainscreen.

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Sustainable Extruded Aluminum Trim Profiles Deliver Aesthetics and Durability (Print Course)

With today’s focus on green materials, detailing needs to meet both an architectural design aesthetic and sustainability requirements. Specifying extruded aluminum trim for use with fiber cement siding is one instance where a knowledge of detailing can contribute to both. This course will identify the sustainability features of extruded aluminum architectural trim as well as its benefits, design options and moisture management considerations.

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Sound Control in Architecture: Sound Transmission & Isolation for Wall, Ceiling & Floor Systems

This course will help interior designers and architects to better understand and effectively articulate the concept of sound transmission through walls, ceilings, and floors and how various products affect it.

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of sound transmission
  • Describe test procedures and ratings for wall systems, ceilings, and floor/ceiling assemblies
  • Describe isolation of sounds for wall systems, ceilings, and floor/ceiling assemblies.

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Extruded Aluminum Trim: Innovative Solutions for Interior Applications (Print Course)

This course is designed to increase your knowledge of extruded aluminum trim systems as applied to interior applications.

The course will cover aluminum trim features, ways to create a modern aesthetic with aluminum trims, available aluminum trim profiles and finish options, specific installation methods, and considerations for working with extruded aluminum trim systems.

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Designing Tall Walls— Unique Issues And Engineered Wood Products

This course provides an overview of the issues and code provisions associated with tall or “designed” walls. This course also includes a review of how engineered wood lumber, which is also referred to as EWP, are ideal products for tall wall applications due to their strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability.

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Designing the Modern Grocery Store - It's All About the Experience (Print Course)

Competition drives innovation, and grocery stores and supermarkets are in the midst of great evolution. The familiar brick-and-mortar stores long at the center of consumer life are being spurred to change by intense online competition and the shifting shopping habits of Millennials and Generation Z.

This course shows trends in how grocery retailers bolster sales and clientele by creating a positive shopping experience with lively design and compelling in-store destinations.

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Maximizing Indoor & Outdoor Living with Motorized Retractable Screens

Motorized screens not only look great but they provide excellent thermal benefits, great airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview on motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as looking at the thermal benefits of screen when using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Code Compliant Exterior Systems for Wood-framed Building Envelopes

This course investigates the most recent code changes emphasizing building envelope performance.

We will explore some next generation integrated solutions that simultaneously provide protection against moisture penetration, air leakage, and thermal bridging. Installation benefits and on-site quality control issues related to multi-solution integrated systems will also be evaluated in this course.

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A Comparative Analysis of Residential Siding Products

This course will provide a survey of the most common residential siding options, including an in-depth exploration of treated engineered wood siding. This learning unit will identify the pros and cons of each residential siding option, and will also explore the environmental impacts of each throughout its life cycle. Finally, this course will explore ways in which treated engineered wood siding can contribute to earning points or meeting standards of leading green building certification programs.

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Benefits and Applications of Specialized Performance Gypsum Panels (Print Course)

For more than 90 years, gypsum board has been used as a high performance, economical, easy-to-install and fire-resistant construction material. The gypsum industry continues to invest in research and development of new and improved products and systems that enhance the value, safety, and overall performance of gypsum panels. This CEU addresses the unique attributes of specialized performance gypsum panels and how they can be used to improve the performance, efficiency, and resilience of multi-family dwellings and commercial structures. The course also discusses how architects and specifiers can benefit building owners and add value to a project through proper selection and installation of gypsum panels.

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